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Cllr  Sue  Bennett
Cllr  Richard  Chatterjee
Cllr  Gareth  Streeter

Residents' meeting, Longheath Gardens
19/07/2018 13:38:00......Posted by Gareth Streeter


As local councillors we attended a meeting with residents at Longheath Gardens community centre last night.

There was a strong feeling that communication between the different parties involved in the development work needed to be stronger.  We will put pressure on the Council to help coordinate better communication.

There were also a number of issues that residents raised.  We have scheduled an extra surgery for this Saturday – 10AM – at the Community Centre.  Please come along if there’s anything you want to raise with us.

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Cream team to support Shirley Neighbourhood Care
28/07/2018 17:26:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


Had a great time at the Shirley Neighbourhood Care cream tea hosted by Shirley Methodist Church.  As well as listening to the fantastic local men’s choir ‘The Singers’ it was a chance to raise money and awareness for their important work.

Shirley Neighbourhood Care Scheme (SNC) is a registered charity founded in the 1970s by the Churches Together in Shirley in Croydon.  Shirley has a greater percentage of people aged over 85 than the rest of Croydon and we provide services to help our older residents live independently for as long as possible.

You can read more about their work on their website.



Progress on grass verges
16/07/2018 15:20:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


Residents in Shirley were rightly fed up with the state of the grass verges across the community – and so were we.

Along with our colleagues in Shirley South, we’ve been calling on the council to sort them out and we’re pleased that the verges they are responsible for have now been cut.

Verges on some roads – and the roundabout on Wickham Road – are controlled by Transport of London.  Thanks to pressure from our Conservative London Assembly member, Steve O’Connell, TfL has now pledged to cut the grass as soon as possible and we’re monitoring the situation to ensure they come good on that promise.



Update on Ashburton Playing Fields
03/07/2018 15:23:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter


The Labour council are consulting on plans to build two artificial football pitches, complete with a car park and flood lighting on the corner of Ashburton Playing Fields that borders Woodmere Avenue – land that is supposed to be protected!

Although the scheme will bring some wider benefits to Croydon, out initial feeling is that it is in totally the wrong location and will create unhelpful noise and disruption for residents.

We have pledged to be a strong voice for Shirley and will work with residents to ensure that their views are heard.

You can read our initial assesment along with additional comments from MORA planning officers on the MORA website.



An evening with residents
11/06/2018 15:47:00.......Posted by Sue Bennett

After the fete later that same evening Gareth, Richard, Scott and myself attended the SPRA summer party, there must have been eighty local people there, we were well received and warmly welcomed.

It was such a pleasure to meet with so many local residents, good food, good wine and great company, who could ask for more, it's tough being a Councillor ! 



A beautiful day in Shirley
11/06/2018 13:08:00.......Posted by Sue Bennett


All days in Shirley are enjoyable but Saturday was special we enjoyed brilliant sunshine at St George's Summer fete.

The vicar and parishiners are busy fundraising to repair the roof before the winter sets in and we were delighted to play a small part by attending the fete.  Gareth, Richard, Scott and myself enjoyed a delightful afternoon sampling the delicious home made food and meeting all those who worked so hard to make the afternoon a great success.



Wickham Road roundabout to receive overdue grass cutting
03/06/2018 17:51:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter

Residents are rightly frustrated about the overgrown grass on the Wickham Road roundabout and the nearby grass verges. 

Working together, the Shirley North and Shirley South councillors have been trying to get this sorted.  As TfL has responsibility for sorting this out, Steve O’Connell, our London Assembly representative has also leant a helping hand.

We’re pleased to report that TfL has now confirmed that the grass will be cut in June.  We will keep an eye out to make sure this happens on schedule and report back.



The Glade reopens but temp lights needed for Long Lane
21/05/2018 19:10:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter

Following emergency repairs by Thames Water, The Glade, at the junction with Brookside Way was reopened today - good news!

Unfortunately we have been informed that owing to the pressure caused when recharging the main, some more damage has been caused to the main in Long Lane.

To enable the repairs to take place three way temp lights will be required, the nearby pedestrian crossing will have to be closed we residents can use the temp lights to cross Long Lane. Work will be continuous until the repair is complete. The lights will be removed for the AM rush hour tomorrow (22nd May).

Thanks to Croydon Council officer's for staying on top of the situation.




Emergency Road closure - The Glade, junction with Brookside Way
16/05/2018 12:22:00.......Posted by Gareth Streeter

Quick update for residents concerned about the closure of The Glade at the junction with Brookside Way:

Officers have informed us that this road was closed yesterday due to emergency works by Thames water to rectify a customer supply issue. The road is expected to reopen on Friday morning. Local diversion is in place and unfortunately a section of the local bus route is affected.

We will work with the Council to get the road reopened as soon as possible and will keep you updated if the situation evolves.



Sad day in Shrublands
29/04/2018 11:16:00.......Posted by Sue Bennett


It was a sad day in Shrublands as I attended my last surgery as a Shirley Councillor, due to the Boundary changes Shirley has been expanded and now there are two Shirley wards - Shirley North and Shirley South.  I have been privledged to have been selected for Shirley North.

If I am elected I look forward to getting to know our new residents but leave behind with a heavy heart the warm and inclusive atmosphere of Shrublands.

I am not going far and they won't get rid of me that easily, so keep the kettle on.





Making a difference
13/04/2018 14:21:00.......Posted by Sue Bennett


As Shirley Councillors we have been delighted to support and encourage Ballers Football Project; a 'grass roots' initiative which aims to take vulnerable youths off the streets, it has been very successful since its inception by an exceptional young man, Raymond Bascombe who has turned his own life around and now dedicates himself to making a difference to other youngsters at risk.




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